Pinal County

For families with young children, the summer school break is upon us. The start of the warmer summer weather, backyard BBQ’s and definitely the time to jump in the pool and keep cool.
 
Pool safety is a year-round priority in Arizona and in Pinal County, but during the summer peak swimming season, it becomes critical that everyone practices good pool safety habits.  This means a heightened sense of awareness when young children are around the pool.
 
The Arizona Department of Health Services announced today that influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona. 
 
Pinal County has also identified this recent trend upward in flu activity.  As of December 20th, the Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed 244 cases of influenza compared to 14 at this time last year. Pinal County also identified its first influenza related death of the season this week, an elderly resident of the county that passed away after being admitted to a local hospital.
 
Influenza (also known as flu) causes thousands of deaths each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older gets a yearly flu shot. Getting vaccinated each year against flu protects you and the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious illness due to the flu, such as pregnant women, young children, people age 65 and older, and people with asthma or other chronic medical conditions.

In cooperation with Santa Cruz County and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Pinal County Officials have issued a warning to those individuals living near the Santa Cruz River to beware of E. coli bacteria that could be in the water. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have found that samples taken near the partial breach of an untreated sewage line in Nogales, Arizona, contain levels of E. coli bacteria that exceed recommended levels.  The partial breach was detected on July 25, 2017 and the flow runs into the Santa Cruz River.

This week, during routine mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) detected the first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in the county this season, more specifically in the San Tan Valley area.  Mosquito surveillance data is used to help determine the risk of mosquito borne disease to Pinal County residents and visitors and it guides PCPHSD's disease prevention efforts.

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